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Laura Robson

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Robson is through to the 2nd round of the China Open to play a qualifier after defeating the 42 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4 6-4.

Date-Krumm is a former world no. 4, although that was back in 1995!

A couple more wins could see Laura move into the top 50.

Well done Laura!

She plays Lourdes Dominguez Lino (WR67) next, who knocked out 15th seed Roberta Vinci.

Looking at the draw I just noticed that players who reached semi-finals in Tokyo get a 1st round bye in Beijing, but others don't. So 1st and 2nd seeds Azarenka and Sharapova play 1st round, unseeded Petrova doesn't. Does it ever work like that in the men's?
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Great news. Laura is on a run now.  Brad Gilbert predicted that Laura will end the year in the top 40. Let's see how accurate he is.

I think he is gonna be right...
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I think he is gonna be right...
Oh gawd.. BG's predictions are on a par with Simon Reed's.
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Well done Laura!

She plays Lourdes Dominguez Lino (WR67) next, who knocked out 15th seed Roberta Vinci.

Looking at the draw I just noticed that players who reached semi-finals in Tokyo get a 1st round bye in Beijing, but others don't. So 1st and 2nd seeds Azarenka and Sharapova play 1st round, unseeded Petrova doesn't. Does it ever work like that in the men's?
Not to my recollection. That is very strange.
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Well done Laura!

She plays Lourdes Dominguez Lino (WR67) next, who knocked out 15th seed Roberta Vinci.

Looking at the draw I just noticed that players who reached semi-finals in Tokyo get a 1st round bye in Beijing, but others don't. So 1st and 2nd seeds Azarenka and Sharapova play 1st round, unseeded Petrova doesn't. Does it ever work like that in the men's?

For the men, normally it is the top 8/16/32 seeds that get a bye. It will be difficult for someone outside the seeding position who has just won a tournament to fly in on Monday and play again on Tuesday with almost no time to recover physically and get used to the new court condition although this situation is quite rare.

What they are doing with the women that you have just described makes sense. This gives a fighting chance for someone who is knackered after reaching the SF/F at Tokyo, followed by a flight to Beijing. Without the bye, the girl would have no chance.  
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Laura up 5-4 in 1st set v Lourdes Dominguez Lino, going with serve.

Edit: well it was going with serve, but LDL now serving at 6-5
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Unlucky for Laura.  Top 50 by the end of the year will be a tough ask now.  She'll need to go deep at Osaka unless she's also planning to play Barnstaple again although she's otherwise progressed beyond the Circuit events now.

She needs to find 200 points from somewhere.
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Laura seeded for the first time in a WTA tournament main draw. 8th seed in Osaka
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Laura seeded for the first time in a WTA tournament main draw. 8th seed in Osaka

That is nice to hear..
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Laura seeded for the first time in a WTA tournament main draw. 8th seed in Osaka
Yes and she really should reach the QF's where she'll pick up 70 ranking points.  She'll then have to beat top 30 players to get further
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Laura seeded for the first time in a WTA tournament main draw. 8th seed in Osaka

Good for Laura. Great news.
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Osaka.......Wow!
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Osaka.......Wow!
It's a start....Wimbledon next year perhaps?

Laura seems to be having fun anyway (not sure how to copy this pic)

http://instagram.com/p/QepIG_tABW/

and this

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Was just about to post that haha. Didn't realise Laura and Eugenie Bouchard were close friends, with Heather too it would seem.
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HAHAHAHAHA.  best thing I have ever seen. LOL.   
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